Women Post Records In Mid-Term Election Nominations

Women Post Records In Mid-Term Election Nominations

More women candidates than ever will contest US governorships and House seats in November's mid-term elections.

After Tuesday's primaries across four states, there are now 11 female nominees for governor and at least 173 so far for the House.

The results were hailed as a continuing success story by activists for women in politics.

There was also a key election for a House seat in Ohio, in which President Donald Trump claimed victory.

Rashida Tlaib will likely be the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, report CNN and the BBC. She won the Democratic primary in Michigan's 13th District.

Victories for Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan) and Laura Kelly (Kansas) in Democratic primaries mean 11 women will contest governorships in November - one more than the previous 1994 record.

At least 173 female major party nominees will run for the House, beating the record of 167 from 2016.

Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) said: "This has been an election season of records for women candidates, and tonight continues that story."